GE salmon and wild brown trout breed, creating hybrid fish

by luv2harp, Flickr Creative Commons

by luv2harp, Flickr Creative Commons

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2013 ― A recent study by Canadian researchers reveals genetically engineered (GE) salmon can breed with wild trout, creating a hybrid fish that may pose a serious environmental threat. As AquaBounty’s AquAdvantage GE salmon approaches Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, many activists and consumers are pressing for more research.

AquAdvantage Atlantic salmon is engineered with an added gene from Pacific salmon to make it grow faster, and an added gene from an eel to make it grow throughout the year.  Currently AquAdvantage eggs are created on Prince Edward Island, Canada, and the fish are grown and farmed in a facility in Panama.

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